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It’s “Art Fair” Time!

Art Fair 2016

Courtesy of Jeff Lysiak at the “Island Sun”:

The Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva is preparing for the 33rd annual Arts & Crafts Fair, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14 at The Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. The event attracts more than 10,000 attendees each year.

The fundraiser, which started as a pancake breakfast with one artist showcasing his work,  » Read more

A Dog-Gone Good Time!

Mutts Gone Nuts and Andy

 

BIG ARTS has a stellar schedule of “must see” events this season. Tickets go fast and seats are limited, so be sure you don’t miss out on this year’s amazing line-up of great entertainment.

Andy recently attended the canine cabaret, “Mutts Gone Nuts” and is hoping you get a chance to see it in your neighborhood. It’s comedy gone wild featuring ten amazing rescued dogs that match wits with their human companions.  » Read more

Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise

Valentine's Day cruise, Adventures in Paradise

Still wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day?

Join Adventures in Paradise as they offer their annual Valentine’s Day Sunset Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise for a relaxing journey through the waters surrounding Sanibel during the most visually spectacular part of the day.

The 90-minute guided tour aboard the “Dolphin Waters” 45-foot catamaran brings you to where our local wildlife comes to play. In between snacking on complimentary soft drinks and enjoying complimentary soft drinks,  » Read more

Vintage Fashion Show

Vintage Fashion Show

Along with the fashions, wonderful stories about these women will be shared with guests. Parties, weddings and “fun-raisers” were always an important part of island life.

Dottie Price Wakefield and Elnora Walker Gavin are just two of the women to be featured at the event.

Elnora Walker Gavin was born in Georgia in 1921, and moved to Sanibel with her parents and six siblings in 1926.  » Read more

An Awesome Array of Sea Stars

Sea stars

“Sea stars as far as the eye can see!” said Ed, an annual winter guest, reporting from our beach this past week. It was a bonanza for beach goers who found more than sand between their toes. Thousands of sea stars were washed up on shore prompting lots of questions as to how they got there. Was it due to the recent storms or temperature adjustment?

The ocean floor is home to over 2,000 species of sea stars (alternately known as “starfish”) and Ed’s photo collage captures a sampling of the varieties of shapes,  » Read more

Special Bird Alert

Red Knots shorebird

After migrating from north of the Arctic Circle, these Red Knots, a type of sandpiper, have found a beautiful beach home on Sanibel at Ocean’s Reach! Peer the lineup of red knots along the top of this photo and just imagine what a flight of over 9,000 miles entails as these birds often fly as far south as southern South America. The red knot breeding ground is in the Arctic and a well-known staging area during migration is the Delaware Bay where huge flocks feed on the eggs of spawning horseshoe crabs.  » Read more

Bourbon Street Meets the Beach!

Mardi Gras...Sanibel

 

It’s Mardi Gras … Sanibel style! As the biggest fundraiser of the year for the island’s Community Housing Resources organization, Mardi Gras is always a fun-filled time, but organizers of this year’s event — to be held Saturday, February 6, at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club — are planning to make even more of a splash!

In addition to feasting on a New Orleans style dinner,  » Read more

“Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime”

marine scientist Ellen Prager

Ellen Prager

Ellen Prager

 

In Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter, marine scientist Ellen Prager takes readers deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home. As part of the free “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series, the author will present two programs beginning at 10 a.m.  » Read more

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